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Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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4,078 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,078
Reviews: 1,608
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 188
Gots: 461 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003)
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Photo of JanM


3.73/5  rDev -11.4%

Poured black and smelling citirc with yeast, coffee and chocolate notes. Alcohol too. The taste was of bitter chocolate, coffee, ashes, sweet fruits and alcohol. It's a well-crafted beer but a little to strong for my palate. Yeti is very sensitive to temperature and should not be consumed too cold since it will make the alcohol dominate the taste.

12-20-2007 18:20:30 | More by JanM
Photo of Trueant1


4.58/5  rDev +8.8%

Holy mother duck, love Yeti Stouts!

Pours an almost black. You guessed it, It sits in the glass as black as night. Nice tan creamy head that has good lacing.

Smells wonderfull...way above average. Smells like a fresh malted milk...overly malted. YUM.

Tastes of Roasty milk chocolates. Nice hop bitterness that is more pronounced than the smoked version. This beer still tastes of some smoke and is very similar to that version. The alcohol is evident as it goes down. Between the creamy malted milk profile, and the bittering hops so well blended..this imp gets a 5 on taste. Exceptional.
Creamy sticky moutfeel. A bit to syrupy for me. I think the smoked covered up this fact a bit more. Still very good.

A great Imperial stout. Wished they made a third version ..Smoked AND espresso induced. It may be all fives!

12-20-2007 00:48:12 | More by Trueant1
Photo of

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

22oz. bottle -- 75 IBU's

Opaque, deep dark brown/black liquid. Small, light brown colored head composed of very small bubbles. Good legs, OK lacing.

Scents of chocolate and some coffee. Touch of grass and herbal notes. Caramel. Alcohol, faintly.

Taste is big and roasty. Sweetness comes on with temperature, chocolate, dark cherries and molasses. Big hops along for the ride, citrus and pine. Pepper/spice at the finish.

Full bodied and coating. Carbonation is medium, leading to a creamy mouthfeel. Fairly dry. Alcohol warming comes on early.

Very complex, very good. Lots of hops.

12-17-2007 18:31:54 | More by
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%

22 oz bottle which I've kept in my cellar for a bit less than a year.

Pours a perfectly opaque black with an abundant dark tan head which laces the glass.

Scent is sweet molasses, bitter chocolate, roasted malt and spicy hops.

Taste is sweet, rich and complex with roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee and a spicey and citric hoppiness. After several sips I have the distinct impression that I've just eaten a dark chocolate covered coffee bean! The taste lingers at the middle back of my mouth and I savor it until I can't postpone the next sip any longer.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium. Drinkability is very good - I have to slow myself down!

I'm a nut for Russian Imperial Stouts; they're probably my favorite style. Yeti just became one of my favorite RIS's.

12-17-2007 03:14:54 | More by sethmeister
Photo of biggmike


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured an attractive pitch black color that lets no light through. Had a brown head that it retained for a while before dissipating. Has malty aromas of chocolate and of coffee. Flavor is also of chocolate, coffee, but there is also hop flavor that sneaks through on the finish. Hides the 9.5% alcohol content extremely well. Mouthfeel is good. Drinkability for the ABV is good. This is an excellent beer.

12-15-2007 08:14:39 | More by biggmike
Photo of Iceman77

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours nice and velvety with an almond colored head, not too thick but remains throughout the entire glass. The color is dense black, like a good stout should be. The initial smell that you get is a mixture of malt, coffee, and a little of the alcohol hits the nose almost like a wine. In the taste you get more malt, good amount of hops for an imperial, and the sweetness of chocolate/caramel. It coats the inside of the mouth very nicely with a sweet aftertaste and the alcohol warming, but doesn't linger too long which is key. Suprisingly drinkable for 9.5%, although i couldn't see polishing off a whole sixer in one sitting (which is not as suprising). Definitely one of the best imperial stouts out there.

12-15-2007 02:31:44 | More by Iceman77
Photo of BiereBlanche


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

22 oz bomber half-poured into a working glass.

Pours absolutely black; I couldn't get any light through at all. The head is reasonably thick, falls quickly and chocolatey, coffee colored brown. Leaves some interesting traces on the glass. The nose is extremely dense. Vanilla, light roast coffee, lots of malts, very heavy. The palate is equally dense and complex. Lots of roast malts, coffee, chocolate, nutty lots of alcohol warming. Bittering is very minimal. I can tell there are some hops characteristics, but I can't pick them out. Heavy mouthfeel, very minimal carbonation and an added lightness from high alcohol. Yeti follows the style of stout, but is absolutely immense, it feels big even for a sipper. Huge alcohol presence and dark, complex flavors limits this considerably.

12-12-2007 05:31:40 | More by BiereBlanche
Photo of Lupe

New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours pitch black - no light makes it through. Thick coffee colored head that recedes to a 1/4 inch dense cap that stays. Nice sticky lace clings to the sides of the class.

Wonderful aroma of chocolate milk, vanilla, coffee, and berries. Some alcohol is present - sherry-like, and a hint of spice.

Begins with massive roasted flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. This gives way to rich toffee, molasses, and burnt caramel. Some berry fruitiness is mixed in as well. There is a faint woodiness that is present in the beer. Alcohol kicks in with a dose of sherry. Has a slightly citrusy and piney hop finish.

Thick, creamy, and smooth. Nice and slick, not sticky or cloying. Finishes dry. Full in body. Good drinkability - subtle yet complex flavors with alcohol that sneaks up on you.

12-11-2007 02:34:09 | More by Lupe
Photo of Floydster


3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

22 ounce bomber purchased from Liquid Solutions for about six dollars

Poured into my Aventinus glass with an opaque black color and a 3/4 inch foamy mocha-colored head, left sticky lacing until about halfway through

Smell had a few different things going on, some vanilla and milky aromas, lots of cocoa, toffee, molasses, and also some hoppiness

Taste was very good and had tons of chocolate right off the bat followed by a surprising amount of spice that faded into a sweet hoppy bitterness, as it warmed the chocolate really started to come out but the finish remained dry and full of hoppiness, tasted as if there was nutmeg or coriander in this even though there probably was not, spiciness made this one unique and worth trying again and potentially aging in the future

Not much carbonation and a super thick body, taste lasted a pretty good amount of time, heavy mouthfeel

Could drink a couple bombers of this until the nine plus percent alcohol would catch up to me, not too filling for how much thickness there is throughout,

Cannot wait to try the Oak Aged version sometime soon after seeing how good this was, highly recommend, especially for the low price, luckily they also have this at Walnut Liquorette near me if I need some more bottles in the future

12-09-2007 07:50:59 | More by Floydster
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -15%

Pours black with a tan head that dissipates quickly leaving lace all the way down the glass. Smell is spicy floral hops, roast, some coffee and chocolate. Taste is a balance between hops and roast, like they are both fighting to be the dominant taste. Thick mouthfeel with a coffee aftertaste. A decent impy stout, and I'm sure it would be fantastic in a year or so, but I think the hop taste and aroma are to up front right now. I prefer my stouts less hoppy.

12-09-2007 05:42:03 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of CortexBomb


3.8/5  rDev -9.7%

Beautiful black pour with a thick 2 inch tan head on top that leaves lacing behind as it recedes.The nose is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, pretty much what one would expect given the style.

Flavour is smooth and creamy with both the chocolate and the coffee from the nose sharing top billing. Caramel is also present, perhaps even a hint of smoke with the vaguest hop bitters on the back of the tongue and a touch of alcohol. Good stuff.

The mouthfeel on this is thick and enjoyable. Not the very best in the style, but I'm not complaining. Drinkability: about what one would expect for the style in terms of actual drinking, and in terms of rebuy it is a shade above average as well, inexpensive for a Russian Imperial.

The bottom line: A tasty take on the style by the folks at Great Divide. While I prefer the oak version of the beer, the standard Yeti holds its own and is also worthy of a rebuy.

12-09-2007 01:49:10 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.58/5  rDev -15%

Looks like thick, black motor oil. Dark as midnight. Large dark brown puffy head. Looks big and formidable.

The smell is a heavy roasted coffee smell. Undercurrent of light berries and also dark grapes. Both sweet and bitter.

The flavor is a major burnt roasted taste. Very strong alcohol presence. Sweet second wave. Tastes like a burnt cookie. Incredibly harsh. Not smooth like a typical Imperial stout. Really brutal. Bitter/sour berry aftertaste.

Feels thick and coarse. Not at all smooth, not in the least. This baby is a heavy-hitter. It's really strong. Which isn't to say it isn't good, it's just frickin' harsh.

12-06-2007 05:53:57 | More by williamherbert
Photo of SargeC


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Appearance: Deep black with a dense, brown head that lingers and laces well.

Smell: Chocolate malt, caramel, toffee, molasses. Strong hop presence, with a small alcohol undercurrent.

Taste: Sweet chocolate flavors that evolve into a bitter chocolate finish. Alcohol softens the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very dense, full body brew. Very smooth and waxy.

Drinkability: Very big and bold. A pleasure to consume.

12-02-2007 21:44:25 | More by SargeC
Photo of clemsonbrewer

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Jet black with a gorgeous milky coffee colored head with good retention. Heavy lacing on the glass. Chocolate and coffee nose with hints of vanilla ice cream. Big coffee taste upfront with chocolate and a very sweet malt taste. Alcohol is faint but present. If you don't taste it, you'll definitely feel it 22 ounces later. Wonderful feel that's smooth and very creamy. Almost orgasmic. Very dry roasted malt tasting finish. This is a great beer. Thank you Beer Gods.

11-29-2007 04:11:19 | More by clemsonbrewer
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours an opaque darkness with better than a full finger fluffy dark tan head that fades slowly to sheets of lacing. The smell is awesome rich cocoa, roasted java over syrupy vanilla notes. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is thick and rich without being syrupy. Full flavored, the chocolaty taste over just the right amount of roasted malt and coffee characters. Really opens up as is warms. The chocolate-caramel complexity lingers appropriately. The 9.5% ABV can be detected in the nose and with the swallowing breath. Nicely done by a great bunch of people!! Happy Thanksgiving. Peace.

11-22-2007 20:20:55 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.8/5  rDev -9.7%

22oz bottle split with my gf.

A: Pours jet black from the bottle. Nice chocolate/mocha head. Fairly thick but it quickly dissipated.

S: Malt, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, hops in that order. Pleasant but nothing remarkable.

T: Malt and coffee up front. Slight smoky flavor most likely associated with the malt. Finishes with choclate then alcohol. The alcohol is fairly prevelent in this one. I had it after a Saranac Imperial Stout and that did a better job of hiding the alcohol.

M: Nice and thick. Carbonation is low which leads the alcohol taste to be a little more up front.

D: Took me a while to drink half the 22. A nice sipping beer on a cool evening. Not that this beer ever would be an easy drinker. A good beer but there are better cheaper alternatives.

11-09-2007 03:22:28 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of PlaywrightSam

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

22oz bomber into tulip glass. A: Very, very dark, thick as oil, moderate amount of dark brown head that goes down after a couple minutes. S: Really dark malts, coffee, caramel, with dark fruit and maybe even some citrus notes. T: Up front there's a lot of dark fruit and cocoa, giving way to a really intense bitter chocolate favor on the finish. Lots of stuff going on here. M: Very, very thick, coarse. D: A very intense beer, I couldn't drink much more than the 22oz bomber in front of me. But a great beer all around. I'll definitely pick it up again.

11-06-2007 03:38:02 | More by PlaywrightSam
Photo of Onibubba


4.25/5  rDev +1%

This bottle had a few years on it. Cracked it open to celebrate the arrival of our first nice cold front. Beautiful jet black pour into the trusty Duvel leaves a mountainous 2 inch frothy dark beige head. Smell is all chocolate and roasted coffee - appropriate as I am watching "O Lucky Man" while I enjoy this wonderful beer. Taste - bye bye hops. If you were ever in there, the smooth chocolate and roasted malts have sent you packing. But then, after several long sips, the funniest thing happened. There, in the aftertaste, at the base of my tongue, some bitterness vainly hung on, a nice counter to the sweet onslaught. Very nice. This has held up wonderfully. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Alcohol is not noticeable. Drinkability? I killed this in under 30 minutes without even trying.

10-27-2007 14:58:58 | More by Onibubba
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -5%

Poured into a tulip glass. Presented with a dark brown/black opaque color. Virtually non-existent head that dissipated almost immediately. Very little lacing adhered to the glass during the sampling. Smell of malt and roasted coffee. Strong taste of coffee and chocolate with a subtle taste of toffee (it took me a few minutes to detect the flavor). Smooth milky consistency with a slight tingle of carbonation and alcohol on the tongue. Taste of coffee and chocolate lingers on the back of the tongue at the finish. A nice imperial very representative of the style. You won't be disappointed with the flavor; however a little pricey at $7.99 for a 22oz. bottle.

10-25-2007 23:26:57 | More by Jwale73
Photo of Lupin


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

Third sampling of this one. Bottle's probably had 2 months in the cellar.

Poured into a B. B. Bürgerbräu 500ml pintish-type glass. Let it sit for a while to marvel at the 1"+ head that settled to about 1/4" after 3 minutes. Cocoa sweetnes can be smelled several inchess off the glass, although the bubbles have pretty much stopped popping at this point. No clarity whatsoever when held to light. Nom nom nom.

This is one of those beers I like to serve cold and sip over an hour or so. It tastes like coffee ice cream with black chocolate syrup. No chalkiness in the mouthfeel, and a very nice cocoa bitterness on the sides of the tongue that can be easily avoided for some sweeter relief for those of you who can't tolerate it. It will punch your taste buds full of bitter maltiness as it warms, so be carefull.

Part of me wishes they brewed this in 12 ounce bottles because, without sharing it, the 22 ounces can be just a little too much of a good thing.

10-22-2007 00:55:30 | More by Lupin
Photo of Beerbuddha


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance- Poured a nice black color with a thick brown head.

Smell- Smells very sweet with a hint of chocolate and coffee.

Taste- This beer tastes of chocolate and coffee. No spices like the oak aged version though.

Mouthfeel- Very heavy with little carbonation.

Drinkability- This is a good beer. Again like the oak aged it is something nice to drink during winter.

10-20-2007 01:51:26 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of Lynux


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

My mouth has been watering for this one...

Pours a thick black used motor oil color with a head that looks like chocolate milk. I held this up to a halogen light and saw nothing but pure black goodness. Nice two finger head that slowly dissipated into some nice sticky lacing.

Smell is dark chocolate, malt, hops, smoky, and some fig. It seriously reminds me of fig newtons!

This tastes wonderful...bakers chocolate, raisins, hoppy bite with a smooth finish. As it warms the alcohol is a little more pronounced and this beer leaves a nice coating in your mouth with a yummy hop aftertaste.

The drinkability really depends on your tastes and what you like. I could drink a couple of these but the high abv might slow some down a bit. I don't really taste the 9.5% abv but I can sure feel it :-).

10-18-2007 00:11:36 | More by Lynux
Photo of sinistrsam


4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured a heavy and opaque black body which appeared almost thick and syrupy. The head was large brown and foamy with extensive lacing and good retention.
The aroma was chocolate, caramel, cherry, prunes dark fruits and raisin, and roasted grains. Very complex and plesant.
The taste in my mind was dominated by smokey burnt and roasted malts, with coffee, chocolate and alcohol being the otehr major players. Mild hints of dark fruits were present but overshaddowed by the smokey roast tastes.
The feel hits you with a deep bitter adn almost sour smoky acrid feel, then quickly mellows into a balanced sweetness before you can complain. It changes once again to finish a very good bittersweet.
This is an excellent example of balance, and is tehrefore a great sipping beer. Kudos to GD.

10-17-2007 19:53:23 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of brdc


3.65/5  rDev -13.3%

Small capped bottle, poured into a snifter.

Pitch black with a minimal dark tan head, that leaves very little lacing.
A great aroma, mostly caramelized, with notes of alcohol, chocolate, coffee and hints of fruits.
Medium bodied, I expected a beer as balanced as the aroma, but there is an excessive amount of undisguised alcohol, and most of the caramel and coffee notes are "burnt".
It starts well, but the alcohol and excessive burnt notes get overwhelming quite fast. Disappointing.

10-16-2007 00:37:05 | More by brdc
Photo of seaoflament


4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

I got this one in a trade with franksnbeans, thanks.

Pours really dark and thick with a good inch of brown foam. Great lacing and retention.

Smells of cocoa, toffee, hints of coffee, some wood notes, and slight aromas of chocolate covered cherries. The aroma is not a strong as I thought it would be.

Taste of coffee, cocoa, bitter chocolate, a bit of raisins and roasted malts. Slightly alcoholic in the taste and finish. Tastes less bitter/burnt when it warms up to room temperature; also the chocolate and powdery cocoa flavors are more pronounced at a warmer temp.

Definitely above average RIS, but I was expecting to be more impressed from the Yeti.

10-15-2007 03:50:48 | More by seaoflament
Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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